WIC – Apply for Services

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must meet all of the following eligibility requirements in order to receive WIC assistance:

  • Categorical
  • Residential
  • Income
  • Nutrition Risk

Categorical Requirement

The WIC Program is designed to serve certain categories of women, infants, and children. Therefore, the following individuals are considered categorically eligible for WIC:

 Women
  • pregnant (during pregnancy and up to 6 weeks after the birth of an infant or the end of  the pregnancy)
  • postpartum (up to six months after the birth of the infant or the end of the pregnancy)
  • breastfeeding (up to the infant’s first birthday)
 Infants
  •  up to the infant’s first birthday
 Children
  •  up to child’s fifth birthday

Residential Requirement

Applicants must live in the State in which they apply. At State agency option, applicants may be required to live in a local service area and apply at a WIC clinic that serves that area. Applicants are not required to live in the State or local service area for a certain amount of time in order to meet the WIC residency requirement.

Income Requirement

To be eligible for WIC, applicants must have income at or below an income level or standard set by the State agency or be determined automatically income-eligible based on participation in certain programs.

Income Standard The State agency’s income standard must be between 100 percent of the Federal poverty guidelines (issued each year by the Department of Health and Human Services), but cannot be more than 185 percent of the Federal poverty guidelines. To view income eligibility guidelines, click here.
Automatic Income Eligibility Certain applicants can be determined income-eligible for WIC based on their participation in certain programs. These included individuals:

    • eligible to receive SNAP benefits, Medicaid, for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF, formerly known as AFDC, Aid to Families with Dependent Children),

 

    • in which certain family members are eligible to receive Medicaid or TANF, or

 

  • at State agency option, individuals that are eligible to participate in certain other State-administered programs.

Nutrition Risk Requirement

Applicants must be seen by a health professional such as a physician, nurse, or nutritionist who must determine whether the individual is at nutrition risk. In many cases, this is done in the WIC clinic at no cost to the applicant. However, this information can be obtained from another health professional such as the applicant’s physician.

“Nutrition risk” means that an individual has medical-based or dietary-based conditions. Examples of medical-based conditions include anemia (low blood levels), underweight, or history of poor pregnancy outcome. A dietary-based condition includes, for example, a poor diet.

At a minimum, the applicant’s height and weight must be measured and blood work taken to check for anemia.

An applicant must have at least one of the medical or dietary conditions on the State’s list of WIC nutrition risk criteria.

Apply for Services

To determine if you are eligible for services, you may complete the Quick Intake Form and then contact your local WIC clinic to schedule an appointment.

BEE KARNES WILSON
1400 W. Corpus Christi, Ste. 10
Beeville, Texas 78102
Phone Number: (361) 358-9300
Fax Number: (361) 358-9301
485 N. Sunset Strip Ste. 103
Kenedy, Texas 78119
Phone Number: (830)583-3685
Fax Number: (830) 583-9808
1104 D. Street
Floresville, Texas 78114
Phone Number: (830) 393-7423
Fax Number: (830) 393-8989

What happens at my WIC appointments?

Initial Appointment: Weight, height and iron screening will be performed at initial appointments for all applicants. A nutritionist will evaluate diet and health history to determine nutritional status and provide tips to be healthy and active.

Follow-up Appointments: You will join a group of WIC participants to discuss, share and learn about a variety of nutrition topics which can help you and your family stay healthy and active.Pregnant participants will visit a breastfeeding peer counselor at some appointment to discuss benefits and questions regarding breastfeeding.

What should I do to help the WIC program work for me?

Please keep your appointments with WIC. If you cannot keep an appointment, please call your local WIC office as soon as possible to reschedule.

Always take your WIC EBT card to your WIC appointment.

Take the Texas WIC Approved Foods Brochure with you to the grocery store to help you choose the right foods. WIC foods cannot be returned to the store for money or sold to someone else.

Tell the WIC staff about any changes in your name, address or telephone number as soon as possible.

If you are going to move from the area, be sure to tell your WIC staff.